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Annual Average for United States 2020-2021

Alcohol-Attributable Deaths Due to Excessive Alcohol Use

  • All Ages

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Harmful Effects Summary
Chronic Causes117,24573,92143,324 
Acute Causes61,06345,68515,378 
Total for All Causes178,307119,60658,701Total
Harmful Effects
Chronic CausesOverallMalesFemalesRowType
100% Alcohol-Attributable   Category
Alcohol abuse6,5414,9621,579 
Alcohol cardiomyopathy665558107 
Alcohol dependence syndrome7,8105,9261,884 
Alcohol polyneuropathy1192 
Alcoholic gastritis544113 
Alcoholic liver disease31,30421,3629,942 
Alcoholic myopathy321 
Alcoholic psychosis1,6871,283405 
Alcohol-induced acute pancreatitis585440146 
Alcohol-induced chronic pancreatitis865927 
Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol22016654 
Fetal alcohol syndrome964 
Fetus and newborn affected by maternal use of alcohol000 
100% Alcohol-Attributable Total48,97234,81114,161CategoryTotal
Cancer   Category
Cancer, breast (females only)2,594x2,594 
Cancer, colorectal2,8322,453379 
Cancer, esophageal*1,3851,088297 
Cancer, laryngeal68762166 
Cancer, liver5,1094,683426 
Cancer, oral cavity and pharyngeal2,9162,494422 
Cancer, pancreatic†765542223 
Cancer, prostate (males only)590590x 
Cancer, stomach†19417519 
Cancer Total17,07212,6474,426CategoryTotal
Heart Disease and Stroke   Category
Atrial fibrillation1,428910518 
Coronary heart disease8,4436,5481,896 
Stroke, hemorrhagic3,3641,6411,724 
Stroke, ischemic2,9451,7071,238 
Heart Disease and Stroke Total37,31718,66318,653CategoryTotal
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas   Category
Esophageal varices14810047 
Gallbladder disease000 
Gastroesophageal hemorrhage281810 
Liver cirrhosis, unspecified12,2586,6545,605 
Pancreatitis, acute16810563 
Pancreatitis, chronic433211 
Portal hypertension744034 
Liver, Gallbladder, and Pancreas Total12,7196,9495,770CategoryTotal
Other Chronic Causes   Category
Chronic hepatitis541 
Infant death, low birth weight**422 
Infant death, preterm birth**1236855 
Infant death, small for gestational age**000 
Unprovoked seizures, epilepsy, or seizure disorder593438155 
Other Chronic Causes Total1,165851314CategoryTotal
Chronic Causes Subtotal117,24573,92143,324Subtotal
Acute CausesOverallMalesFemalesRowType
Alcohol-Related Poisonings   Category
Alcohol poisoning2,6412,011630 
Poisoning (not alcohol)19,16513,5465,619 
Alcohol-Related Poisonings Total21,80615,5576,249CategoryTotal
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes   Category
Motor vehicle traffic crashes¶15,05511,3643,691 
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes Total15,05511,3643,691CategoryTotal
Suicide   Category
Suicide by and exposure to alcohol523220 
Suicide Total9,8017,8121,990CategoryTotal
Other Acute Causes   Category
Air-space transport1192 
Child maltreatment§935835 
Fall injuries||3,0612,115946 
Fire injuries1,061659403 
Firearm injuries20016535 
Motor vehicle nontraffic crashes417303114 
Occupational and machine injuries54513 
Other road vehicle crashes39933167 
Water transport13311618 
Other Acute Causes Total14,40010,9533,448CategoryTotal
Acute Causes Subtotal61,06345,68515,378Subtotal
Beneficial Effects
Chronic Causes   RowHeader
Gallbladder disease-256-142-113 
Stroke, ischemic-600-60 
Acute Causes   RowHeader
Total for All Causes-316-142-173Grandtotal

x Cancer, breast and prostate: Sex-specific condition. Data only pertain to one sex.

* Cancer, esophageal: Deaths calculated for the proportion of esophageal cancer deaths due to squamous cell carcinoma only, based on the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results data in 17 states (SEER17).

† Cancer, pancreatic and stomach: Deaths among people consuming high levels of alcohol only.

‡ Pneumonia: Deaths among adults aged 20 to 64 years.

§ Child maltreatment: Deaths among children aged 0 to 14 years.

|| Fall injuries: Deaths among people aged 15 to 69 years.

¶ Motor vehicle traffic crashes: Deaths among people of all ages. A blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 g/dL or greater is used for defining alcohol attribution for this condition.

** Infant deaths (low birth weight, pre-term birth and small for gestational age): Alcohol consumption prevalence estimates calculated among women aged 18 to 44 years only.

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Suggested Web Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alcohol Related Disease Impact (ARDI) application, 2024. Available at